COUNTING MY BLESSINGS: NOV 12, 2017
Sunday, November 12, 2017
The last couple of days have not been great and I have not felt much like writing. I do not want this to become a trend so here I am back at it.
(1) I am grateful for friends, be they online friends or the ones I have in real life. I look forward to each and every contact I have. I enjoy reading about the trials and trivialities of others (and their joys) and really appreciate all the love and support that flows back to me.
(2) I am grateful for SparkPeople. I believe I discovered the site back in 2013 when I was still a functional hermit. I spent my first year here solo, not realizing the joys that can be derived from friendships. Eventually I became brave enough to send the occasional friend request. I was always delighted when someone wanted to be friends with me. As I developed a sense of safety and trust in connecting with others I began to let down some of my walls and allow 'real people' a brief look inside. Today I am probably more social than I have ever been. I'm thankful for that.
(3) I am grateful for the little jobs I have/had at the elementary school. The work I have been able to do with young children has been so very rewarding. They provide me with love and hugs and honesty. I miss being at work but have lots of pleasant memories.
(4) I am grateful for many of the things that people post on Sparkpeople. I especially appreciate reading about gratitude and thankfulness and blessings. As I have learned things from others I, too, have become much more focused on the positive.
(5) I am grateful that my leg is healing. I wasn't so happy last week when I removed the bandages and saw something that looked completely foreign to me. In truth, I was shocked. I have never ever thought of myself as being sickly or weak or dead. That's how my leg appeared to me. Now I am embracing my leg as a part of me, a part that is going through transition and will eventually be strong and healthy again.
(6) I am grateful that the kind of pain I now have is manageable. Compared to what I experienced following the accident and the surgery, this is a cake walk.
(7) I have a friend who travels to the USA for 6 months every winter. He stocks up on the things he might need while he is away. I am grateful for his generosity in sharing his supply of pain medications and supplements. It saved me from having to go to the doctor to get a prescription, go to the pharmacy to have it filled. Going anywhere at this time is a big problem for me.
(8) I am grateful for my ability to stand on one leg and do the small amount of dishes that accumulate during the day. For the first 2.5 weeks that I was home dishes simply piled up in the sink. It really bothered me to see the sink full every time I hobbled into the bathroom and back to the couch. It's so much better seeing the sink empty and shiny clean.
(9) I am thankful for books. I love to read. Keeping my mind occupied helps me get through what is sometimes a looooong day. I am enjoying getting through a stack of reading material that I can then pass on to other avid readers.
10) I am thankful for bubble bath. There were times when bath products just sat on my shelf. It was much faster to just jump in the shower and rush off to my day. Although not yet exactly comfortable I am trying to make my bathing experience both leisurely and pleasurable. It's good to have these things at hand and not have to go out to the store to purchase them.
In the time it's taken me to write this it has turned from daylight to darkness. Looking for positives requires some thought and can be time consuming. In any case, it's always worth it.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. I always enjoy the comments.